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3 Sent to Hospital after Warren Co. Rollover

Three people were involved in a vehicle rollover yesterday in Warren County on US 34. 33-year-old Eddy Ino of Galesburg was westbound when he over-corrected while going around a curve and lost control of the vehicle. It then traveled into the grassy median, struck an embankment and overturned, resting on it’s roof. Ino and his two passengers, 29-year-old Guellord Kiniangi and 27-year-old Mpangay Mpangayalain both of Galesburg, were all wearing seatbelts and were transported to St. Mary’s Hospital in Galesburg with non-life threatening injuries. Continue Reading

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Techel’s Ex-Girlfriend Testifies in Agency Man’s Murder Trial

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — A woman who was involved romantically with an Iowa man charged with killing his pregnant wife says she thought he would ultimately leave his wife. Rachel McFarland testified Wednesday that she was in love with Seth Techel. She said she communicated with him electronically about their plans to be together. The Ottumwa Courier reports jurors saw and heard aloud dozens of text messages between McFarland and Techel. Some were sexual and involved racy photos. Continue Reading

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Oxygen Tanks Blow; Woman Escapes

PRINCETON, Iowa (AP) — A woman has escaped flames and explosions of oxygen tanks at her home in eastern Iowa. The fire was reported Monday afternoon in Princeton, between Clinton and Bettendorf. Princeton Police Chief Brian Carsten says seven or eight tanks exploded. Firefighters found 10 tanks inside the house, which was all but destroyed by the fire and blasts. The woman was taken to a hospital as a precaution. Continue Reading

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Branstad Bank Bag Bursting

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad says he has over $4 million in the bank for his re-election campaign. Branstad announced Tuesday that he raised over $700,000 during the most recent state fundraising period, which ended Monday. He has more than $4 million on hand for his general election campaign. The Republican governor is running for a sixth non-consecutive term. He faces Democratic state Sen. Jack Hatch in the November general election. Continue Reading

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Jury Chosen for Techel Trial #3

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — A jury has been seated to hear the third trial of an Iowa man charged with killing his wife and unborn child. A jury of 12 members and four alternates was selected today(Tues) to hear the case against 23-year-old Seth Techel, which is expected to last two weeks at the Scott County Courthouse in Davenport. Techel has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and nonconsensual termination of a human pregnancy in the May 2012 shooting death of his wife, Lisa, at their home in southeastern Iowa. She was five months pregnant. Juries at two previous trials were unable to agree on a verdict, leading to mistrials. Continue Reading

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Most Corn, Beans Doing Well

The U-S-D-A crop report issued Monday showed drier conditions allowed farmers to get more work done in the fields last week. The report says there were four-point-two (4.2) days suitable for fieldwork — the first time since mid-June that farmers have had over three suitable days across the whole state to work in the field. Some of that field work included replanting drowned out crops, or adding nitrogen to areas that saw it washed out. Parts of northwest Iowa had more than 20 inches of rain in recent weeks. Iowa State University Agronomist, Paul Kassel, says that continues to create water problems.
He says the water doesn’t drain away and that impacts the corn. Continue Reading

Hawkeye State Short on EMT’s

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A newspaper report says 29 Iowa counties have no ambulance or only one capable of providing full-time, 24-hour-a-day service. Those counties are home to more than 400,000 people.  

The Des Moines Register also says in its analysis of data from the Iowa Bureau of Emergency Medical Services that 14 Iowa counties have four or fewer emergency medical service agencies of any kind within their borders.  

Brian Donaldson is director of Sumner Emergency Medical Services. He says part of the problem is that emergency medical services are not required of cities and counties. Continue Reading

No Illegal Kids: Branstad

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad says he has empathy for kids from Central America who’ve crossed the U.S.-Mexico border alone — but he doesn’t want Iowa to host any of them. Branstad said at a Monday news conference the state has not been contacted by the federal government about housing any immigrant children. He says the government’s focus should be on securing the borders. Branstad and other governors met Sunday with Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Matthews Burwell as the Obama administration sought support from states that could host the children. More than 57,000 children have crossed the border since October. Continue Reading

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Henry County Scam Alert

Henry County Sheriff’s deputies say there’s another phone scam being reported in the area. In this one, a man with a foreign accent calls, saying he’s with the federal government and that whoever answers is receiving a $7,000 grant. Before they can get the money, though, the caller will need some personal information. If you receive such a call, contact the local authorities. Continue Reading